Disinfo: The Bundestag resolution on the victims of Nazism is an interference in Russian internal affairs

Summary

The Bundestag resolution on the victims of Nazism does not mention the Soviet Union – it is interference in Russian internal affairs.

The resolution adopted by the Bundestag on the memory of the victims of the Second World War without mentioning the Soviet Union is an attempt of a certain ideological revenge, which is involved in large financial flows. (…) The refusal to mention the Soviet Union in the resolution is an attempt to “isolate” the country that defeated the Third Reich and Nazism. (…) This is an attempt of external interference in Russian affairs. Because this resolution is designed for the young people who will replace the outgoing veterans cohort of WWII. Now it will be introduced exactly in this plan and spirit, as depicted in this resolution.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Western belligerence towards Russia and historical revisionism that allegedly denies the role of the Soviet Union in the victory over Nazism.

The Bundestag resolution on the victims of Nazism called "Strengthen remembrance of the victims of the German war of extermination and recognise groups of victims of National Socialism that have received less attention to date" does mention the Soviet Union and its victims of the Second World War. The Bundestag resolution states [p. 3]:

With the German occupation of large parts of the Soviet Union in 1941, the National Socialists' anti-Bolshevik ideology, which was closely linked to their anti-Semitism, then developed. The Soviet Union was not regarded as a warring party to which international wartime law was to be applied. The commissar's order and the decree of martial jurisdiction were to become a carte blanche for mass murder without punishment. With the advance of the German Wehrmacht in 1941, three million Red Army soldiers fell into German captivity. In May 1942, one million of them were still alive. The great majority died in camps from hunger and epidemics - adequate supplies were not provided for. (...) In addition to a policy of targeted starvation, the occupation, the targeted murder of civilians, and the fight against partisan resistance claimed thousands and thousands of victims in the Occupied Territories. In the Soviet territories occupied by the Wehrmacht and along the battlefields of the Eastern Front, thousands of towns and villages were devastated, especially in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and their inhabitants were killed, mistreated or deported by the millions",

The resolution aims to create a documentation centre commemorating the victims of the German war of extermination and previously neglected groups of victims. A documentation centre would deepen the knowledge in Germany of the extent to which and the way in which the Second World War has remained an essential reference point for Polish, Belarusian or Ukrainian remembrance culture [p. 4].

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Poland
  • Keywords: USSR, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, WWII, The West, Nazi/Fascist

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